Interview with Ami Khanom, United Kingdom, Bedfordshire
Hi Ami, How do you identify yourself?
I'm a very happy person, focused and productive. My family and my work are my passions. I'm a natural workaholic from which I get a lot of pleasure. I'm a very private person, but I'm sociable and positive. I'm also quite practical and direct.
People who are direct are sometimes misunderstood and even feared. Do you find that?
I'm often the one people turn to
Not at all. I'm often the one people turn to, actually. I think it's because even though I'm direct, I would never do or say anything to hurt you. People trust me because they can say anything to me and it will go no further.
Sounds to me like you're a "giver." What do you need for yourself?
I need space, and I'm very lucky that I have it. I also like to have my own timetable. In some respects I regard this as quite selfish. On the other hand, I can be very busy working, but if my family need me for something, I will be there.
Tell me about your family?
That's different for our community, where everybody likes to know everybody
My parents are first generation, originally from Bangladesh. My family, parents, siblings and the next generation are central to a lot of what I do. Beyond that, I tend to keep to myself. That's different for our community, where everybody likes to know everybody.